(Closed) What is a good amount of money to give as a wedding gift?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

150 is fine. There is no right amount, it’s whatever you can afford and want to give!

Post # 32
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Helper bee

Holy crap. I am from South Texas and have never given a wedding gift of more than $60.  I feel cheap now!

I would fall off a chair if I recieved a cash gift of $500. 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

I generally give $300. I assume its about $150 dollars a plate (where I live anyways) and I just like to cover my plate and my FI’s dinner too.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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FutureDrAtkins :  Same… I gave $60 at a wedding a few years ago to some close friends and thought I was being super generous! That couple snubbed my Fiance and I soon after and I can’t help but think that’s part of the reason why. 

Nobody tells you these things when you become an adult and suddenly have to go to weddings on your own! LOL

ETA: I’m also a midwest bee.

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

150$ per person.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Wowza I wish I got that much money from each of my guests 😉 I’m so grateful for what we got, but in my social circle between $25 and $100 is pretty standard.

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We usually give $250 – $300 

We’ve received about the same amount in gifts (per couple). Several couples gave $400 – $500

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I usually try to cover my plate plus add a little bit more. So usually at least $150 per person then it goes up from there.

Post # 39
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Newbee

This is a touchy subject- some bees find it adequate to give a monetary gift equal to what they would dish out at a friend’s birthday party.

If you can only afford a certain amount, I don’t think that you should push that boundary because I honestly believe that being present is the best present. 

I pay for my plate, and not because I think that the bride and groom are greedy or invited me for money. People are so sensitive about these matters. I gladly pay my plate, and more if I can as a way to support bride and groom who have thrown an amazing party in their honour to celebrate an amazing milestone. I’ll give $50 to a friend on their birthday. That’s just the area I grew up in though- I realize this is different in certain regions. It’s quite expensive to have a wedding where I live. 

I think that $150 is fine if that’s what your comfortable with. I’m sure the couple will be very thankful!

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We usually budget between $300- $500 depending on how close we are to the couple

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

$100 per person – we normally give $200 if Fiance and I are both good friends with the couple, and $175 if one of us is just a +1

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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loramarie :  Asking people who are not local to you what they give for a wedding is going to over or under what to actually give.  The average where I live for a wedding is $25-$50, and $50 is generous.  Instead of pulling the Internet, talk to your parents (assuming they are local) or friends who have recently gotten married.  If I gave $500 for a wedding, I would cause the bride and groom to faint, and we are fairly highly paid. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would never give less than $150, but that’s just me.  

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I think you need to talk to your local peers, as PP said!  The cultural and regional variations are vast, clearly.  Very interesting to read, though 😉 

I would be SHOCKED if any of our friends gave us $500 as a wedding gift, especially since many are travelling a 6 hour drive to be here – I guess I will find out, LOL! 

p.s.  Where *I* come from, giving cash is not considered to be polite, at all :O 

Post # 45
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

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Mill :  +1

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